Clarion Hotel & Convention Makassar
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... tourist destination on this island. Most tourists arrive in another city, Palopo, as a gateway to the mountainous area of the island further north. That area is home to a people who live in a more primitive (or maybe "traditional" is a better word) society that practices a religion that is a combination of Christianity and an ancient animistic religion. Matthews lives there and is considered to be an expert on their culture – he even gives invited university lectures on ...
... the use of a dictionary. In the evening, we took the night bus to Toraja. The bus was the most comfortable I ever took. The chairs were reclining and fully padded (necessary as we were sometimes bouncing in the seat; the road is not that good). They even provided a pillow and blanket. So we had a decent night of sleep. We arrived early in the morning in Rantepao, the capital of the Toraja region. After a bit of a walk we found a nice guesthouse. With a few others we ...
... I love reaching the destination in a state of a gross looking person, because I know my destination is my price for all what happened on the way to there. I earned it and deserve to be here.
There is a reason why they say ''It's not the destination, but the journey that matters..'' and after all that the destination itself is like a dessert with a cherry on top of it. I know if I'd do it differently, I might not appreciate it is as much as I do by getting to it the hard ...
... and covered in lush vegetation.
We arrived at 11.00am and decided to have an early lunch because there was nowhere to get any food once we had meandered up the river and into the valley. So we had Coto (a beef broth mixed with finely cut vegetables with a hint of lime). With our stomachs full, we headed to the river and negotiated a good price for two boats transport up the river and back. As we slowly made our way towards the valley, the hum of the ...
... for 10-15 photos.
Some tourists mind getting their photo taken, I find it quite charming.
They always giggle and are super polite.
I asked the guy I was hanging with about vegetarian options, and he took me down the street to a hawker selling Gado Gado.
Gado Gado is rice, tempeh, tofu, hard boiled egg, swamp spinach, cabbage and bean sprouts, served doused in a peanut sauce with chili sauce and tamarind liquid.
I must admit, it wasn't my ...